A Guide to Adding Colour to Your Home

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If you don’t consider yourself an interior designer, or the artistic type, adding colour to your home can seem scary. We tend to stick with “safe” colours, like beiges, whites and creams, which can work in moderation, but can make a room look bland and boring when used too heavily. Adding colour to your rooms, even in small ways, can add a lot of interest and personality to your home.

The trick to adding colour to your home is to know how to do it tastefully and how to choose colours that work well together. With a few hints you’ll be well on your way to beautifying your home with colour.

Create a Palette

First, choose a colour palette. You don’t have to use the same set of colours in all of the rooms in your home, but the colours you choose should work together, so that there is natural flow from room to room. If you have an eye for colour, you can pick up some paint chips at your hardware store and create palette that brings the right feelings to a room.

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If you aren’t sure of what colours you want to use, you can take inspiration from something you already have in your home, like a piece of furniture, a curtain, a pillow or even something like a vase or a dish. It’s a good idea to focus on two to three colours when you choose a palette, and then use other, coordinating colours as accent colours and to add variety.

Before you settle on the colours, bring some paint chips or samples home and compare them to the pieces you already have and tape them to your walls to see how the colours look in different lights throughout the day. Remember, you may not necessarily be using all of these colours for paint, but using paint chips to choose colours can help you solidify a palette.

Choose Some Base Colours

You can use a lot of colour in each room, but it’s best to stick to a few base colours in each room. These colours will form the foundation for the style in the space, and then you can use other colours in smaller ways for added interest.

Keep in mind that different colours will set different moods. For example, yellow might make your kitchen feel happy and bright while blue can make your living room feel calm. Warm colours often bring a sense of comfort and cosiness while cool colours make a room feel bright and even bigger.

Start Bringing in Colour

Now that you have chosen your colours, the fun part starts: bringing in the colour. Start with the base colours and add them in big ways through paint on the walls, furniture and flooring. Then, use the other colours in your palette to add colour and style in different ways.

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Hanging artwork is an easy way to add colour to any room. Look for pieces that fit your colour palette and that have frames that compliment the room’s decor. Choosing photographs, sketches, watercolours, oil paintings, modern art or any other kind of art will influence the style and theme in a room. Try grouping pieces together on walls to make a bigger statement and create a collection.


We don’t usually think of using plants to add colour to a room, but it’s an easy way to add both colour and texture. You can use live or artificial plants and unique planters for even more colour.

Large, floor plants are perfect for entryways, living rooms and dining rooms while smaller plants or floral arrangements work well in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and family rooms.


Another easy way to add colour to a room is to bring in some accessories that match the colour scheme. Think vases, dishes, picture frames, three-dimensional art and other things that add style and personality to an area. Your accessories don’t need to match your colour palette perfectly, but they should flow well with the colours in the room.

Curtains and Window Treatments

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Adding curtains or window treatments to a room makes a big statement. The shape, type of fabric and colours of the curtains all contribute to the room’s design and can help add softness and texture to the area. Look for curtains with patterns that have a few of the colours from your palette to help tie all the colours you are using together.

Pillows and Afghans

Pillows and afghans can also bring a lot of colour into your rooms. These kinds of accessories are an easy way to add colour because you can easily change them out as the seasons change or when you feel like making a change to the theme of the room. Pillows and afghans also make a room feel cosy and homey, so they contribute to the atmosphere in your home.

Knick-Knacks and Collections

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Finally, bring some knick-knacks and collections into your rooms to add colour and personality. Souvenirs, found pieces, gifts and collected items are unique and make a space yours. They also add colour and interest. You can set larger pieces on tables or shelves, or you can group similar items together to make a bigger statement.

Remember, you can create groupings that may seem very different, but that have just one thing in common. For example, fill a shelf with white accessories to add contrast to your blue walls, using vases, plates, picture frames and sculptures to create a group. You can take the same idea into the kitchen by lining up a variety of different mugs on a shelf for an eclectic, colourful look.

Adding colour to your home may seem hard, but when you start by choosing a palette and some base colours, adding accessories and other colourful pieces is easy. Choose one room in your home that could use some extra colour and choose a colour scheme that will breathe new life into it.

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